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26 unmissable things to do in luminous London in November 2023

From Pilates at Nobu to unbeatable Indian cuisine at Babur, discover what HELLO! writers have been loving in the capital this month

Best things to do in London in November
Georgia Brown
Senior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
Updated: November 29, 2023
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London in the autumn is an orange-hued love affair as the leaves turn amber and set the parks ablaze with their vibrant colours. From brisk walks in London's royal parks to hot chocolate dates along the Thames, November is the perfect time to simmer down in the city before the chaos of Christmas ensues. 

If you're looking for inspiration on what to do in the city this month, HELLO!'s team have been busy hunting out the very best restaurants, exciting new activities, cosy cafés, exhilarating West End shows and more to ease your seasonal planning. 

Get ready to don your finest knitwear and wrap up for an unmissable edit of the best things to do in London in November 2023. 

Best restaurants to visit in London in November

Ramen to roast dinners and pasta to pastries, delight in the London restaurants and fabulous foodie spots HELLO! has been loving this month.

Street food reimagined at Six by Nico

Street food reimagined at Six by Nico

The concept of Six by Nico may be simple, but the food is pure magic. Every six weeks, a fixed-price, six-course set menu of expertly crafted dishes promises take diners on a culinary expedition through a rotating themed menu; inspired by people, places and memories.

The menu in question when I dined at Six by Nico's Canary Wharf restaurant was 'The Street Food Experience', featuring dishes inspired by the colourful soul food of Mexico City, the fusion flavours of Seoul and the hearty heat of Goa, to name a few. Having already tried chef Nico Simeone's illustrious 'The Chippie' last year, I had high expectations for a menu that competed with London's talented offering of diverse street food. 

From my very first bite into a Gochujang Pork Steamed Bun I knew I was in for a treat; a sentiment I noticed was shared by the tables of wide-eyed, smiling people diving into each moreish mouthful. While I loved the nostalgic, child-like charm to The Chippie's imaginative dishes, The Street Food Experience is slicker and sophisticated without the need for fun additions like a battered mars bar and iron bru sorbet.  

What is so exciting about Six by Nico's concept is the price. Six plates of exceedingly delicious and indulgent dishes will set you back £48 per person, and with a £35 optional wine pairing add-on, the value seems too good to be true. 

The Street Food Experience will be served up at Six by Nico until 17th December.

Reviewed by Georgia Brown, Lifestyle Writer
Sea Containers - plates of food

Enjoy a delectable Thanksgiving meal at Sea Containers

The Thames-side restaurant at Sea Containers is a favourite of mine at any time of the year, but their Thanksgiving offering is definitely one to be enjoyed if you fancy celebrating this year. The menu is the perfect mix of traditional turkey dinner with the high end tastes you'd expect at this five star hotel. 

I lived in the US for four years and this is literally my favourite holiday - just about spending time with loved ones and feeling thankful for your blessings. When I went along to Sea Containers to taste-test their menu earlier this month I was definitely giving thanks for that! The Norfolk Turkey was melt-in-the-mouth and the cranberry relish perfectly sweet and sharp. My personal favourite were the brussel sprouts - served with pecans. Nobody does savoury and sweet quite like the Americans at Thanksgiving and this meal perfected the combination. Dessert of pumpkin pie and cream was pretty good too! 

Reviewed by Sophie Vokes-Dudgeon, Chief Content Officer

Celebrate Diwali at one of London's oldest Indian restaurants

Celebrate Diwali at one of London's oldest Indian restaurants

Where better to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, than at one of London's oldest Indian restaurants, Babur, which was last year crowned the capital's Best Asian Restaurant? A true gem in south-east London, Babur is serving up a divine Diwali menu on Sunday 12 November consisting of three courses, with the option to add expertly picked wines. The restaurant's beautiful Rajasthani marquee will be dressed in dazzling Diwali décor and guests will dine amongst candlelight, while a Bollywood dance group will entertain and perform live.

The highlights of the set menu include a steamed sea bass with spiced coconut chutney, minced mutton kebab, and buffalo milk kheer, also known as Indian rice pudding. The £50 menu, or £65 with paired wine, will be available on the evening of 12 November for the main Diwali event, but will also run until the end of the month so there's plenty of opportunity to try it.

As someone who is a big fan of Babur and who has visited various times over the years, I can confidently say this celebration should be an evening to remember. On my most recent dine at Babur, I had the juicy and flavoursome lamb chops which are an absolute must-order, as well as the classic but everyone's favourite combo of tikka butter masala with pilau rice, peshwari naan, and dal makhni. Babur's signature special to look out for, and given the unique presentation you won't miss it, is the chicken Chettinad – black pepper chicken masala hidden under a cone-shaped rice wafer that you crack into.  

Reviewed by Ainhoa Barcelona, Content Managing Editor

Brunch N Grind at 100 Wardour St

Try a bottomless brunch like no other at 100 Wardour Street

100 Wardour Street loves its themes, with bottomless brunches ranging from Sister Act to Abba themes over the years – but their latest might be our favourite one yet!

The ‘Brunch N Grind’ brunch is all about 90s classics and R&B hits, and I loved the club vibe in there while enjoying a day out with my bestie during a classic girlie pastime. 

We especially loved the food. While some brunches are all about the bubbles without the grub somewhat lacking, 100 Wardour Street’s gorgeous Moroccan shakshuka kept up as full as our glasses of fizz – and was very reasonably priced too!

Reviewed by Emmy Griffiths, TV and Film Editor

La Bodega Negra restaurant

Warm up at La Bodega Negra

Going to La Bodega Negra isn’t just a restaurant, it’s an experience. For one, it’s impossible not to get confused by the entrance which is a secret that you’ll have to work out for yourself - but let’s just say that if you’re seeing confusing neon signs about peep shows, you’ve come to the right place. 

After completing the mission of getting inside the stylish Mexican restaurant, I love the cool, moody atmosphere of the eatery as well as the sharing plates - their guacamole is second to none. But my all-time favourite thing has to be the restaurant’s range of margaritas - the spicy one in particular is delicious. Book here.

Reviewed by Emmy Griffiths, Digital TV and Film Editor


From Battersea to Sicily

Follow the stream of twinkling Christmas lights down by Battersea Power Station and just next to the ice rink you’ll find Fiume. Stepping in from the cold you’ll be greeted by a Mediterranean interior to make you feel snug.

The menu at Fiume boasts an array of familiar Italian classics as well as modern twists to keep your palette on its toes. From the decadent truffle dishes to the fresh stone bass, it was hard to choose but I absolutely adored the lamb cutlets.

Partnering with cocktail wizards Italicus, there is also a host of Italian tipples to compliment your food. With a festive group menu available, it’s never too early to get Christmassy.

Reviewed by Elliot Newlands, Creative Video Lead

Paelle from tapas revolution

Tuck into Spanish delights at Tapas Revolution

Tapas Revolution in Westfield Stratford City is the perfect post-shopping pit stop. This casual eatery brings the colourful cuisine and culinary delights of Spain to London with a vibrant menu curated by critically acclaimed chef Omar Allibhoy. 

London's food scene isn't short of imaginative fusion eateries serving up flamboyant dishes and towering desserts served on mythical platters of dry ice, yet I found the simplicity of Tapas Revolution's offering incredibly refreshing - just simple, Spanish cuisine as it should be.

Menu highlights included the melt-in-the-mouth Jamon Iberica and pork belly croquettes, followed by the fiery Argentinian prawns served in bubbling garlic and chilli oil, and seared chorizo slices. I dove into the Arroz de Cerdo - a hearty rice dish served in a seriously rich sauce; the perfect accompaniment to a generous jug of Sangria. The restaurant's mantra is "our food is meant to be shared," but when you take a bite, you likely won't want to!

Reviewed by Georgia Brown, Lifestyle Writer

Como Garden Italian restaurant in High Street Kensington© Ryan O'Donoghue Photographer

Feast on Italian tapas at Como Garden

Como Garden is the latest offering on High Street Kensington’s bustling shopping street. Located opposite Kensington Palace, it benefits from a very touristy location - but take it from someone who worked in the area for the best part of six years, this doesn’t always go hand-in-hand with quality. I was pleasantly surprised by my visit to the restaurant, however.

Branding itself an Italian tapas restaurant, we were advised to order three dishes per person from its wide-ranging menu, which covers all the basics from burrata to pizza and pasta. The starters were probably my favourite; crispy bruschetta laden down with punchy garlic-infused cherry tomatoes and a melt in your mouth arancini. The mains were more generously sized – a gooey, cheesy lasagne was the ultimate comfort food, and I was impressed by the mozzarella stuffed ravioli. I tried the baked aubergine as a side but wished I’d gone for something a little greener. Of course, there is always room for dessert, and we shared a delightfully creamy tiramisu.

As for the décor, the venue is extremely Instagram-friendly, making it the perfect spot for a cosy date night. The small room is tastefully decked out with boho lampshades, velvet lined booths, and a fairy light adorned tree with low-hanging branches for added ambience. ambience. It's worth noting that this festive season Como Garden will be serving a series of limited-edition panettones, including a pistachio and white chocolate flavour, and a rich salted caramel - so book your table now!

Reviewed by Kate Thomas, Lifestyle Managing Editor

Sticky Mango Tower Bridge

Take a tour of Asia at Sticky Mango

Sticky Mango, where to start? This place is Nirvana for fans of Southeast Asian food. Known for its sophisticated dining and Instagrammable settings – think quirky vibrant art and faux cherry blossom cascading from the ceiling – Sticky Mango has just opened its newest branch in Tower Bridge. The views of the river and one of London's most iconic landmarks were enough to entice me in, but I'd also heard rave reviews about the food. And I'm pleased to say, they are all completely justified.

When my friend and I dined there, we spent a good amount of time deliberating over what to order because everything generally sounded amazing. I would have been happy with anything, it's just one of those places where you can't go wrong. You can easily take a tour of Asia with the variety of dishes, from Malaysian chicken curry puffs to Thai spiced scallops.

For our pan-Asian feast, we indulged in the crispy chicken and shrimp nam rolls which we ate wrapped in a gem lettuce leaf as per the chef's suggestion, and also the black pepper prawns, taking each bite with a chunk of sweet dehydrated pineapple, again as recommended by the chef. For mains, my absolute favourite was the miso glazed black cod, which was surprisingly meaty in texture, served on a bed of pickled daikon and cucumber salad. We also shared half of a Singapore chilli lobster which came with an innovative fried bao bun – this one's for spice lovers as it does heat up your mouth pretty quickly. Each dish was beautifully presented and the service was so warm and friendly. An 11 out of ten rating from two very happy diners.

Reviewed by Ainhoa Barcelona, Content Managing Editor 

Officina 00© Key & Quill

Enter pasta heaven at Officina OO

Pasta lovers, listen up! Officina 00 is the place to go if you want beautiful, freshly made pasta in the capital. 

The Italian restaurant, which has branches in Fitzrovia and Old Street, is passionate about creating authentic, regional, and traditional dishes – like the curly pappardelle I sampled made with both meatballs and melt-in-your-mouth beef short rib ragu. My friend tried the casarecce, which looked like a bowl of gooey pistachio pesto heaven, and it certainly was. 

We also shared the silky buffalo burrata, which was inventively served on a tomato tartare base; it was probably one of the best burratas I've had in London. Continuing with the menu's creative flair, we also tried the crunchy tiramisu, the restaurant's modern take on a classic which worked a treat.

The staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming when we visited the Fitzrozia branch on a Sunday lunchtime. Given the predominantly office-based area, the restaurant wasn't exactly buzzing, but it still had a nice vibe to it. I imagine it's livelier on a weekday evening.

Officina OO also hosts pasta masterclasses at the restaurant where you can learn how to make artisanal pasta from scratch. More details about the workshops can be found on their website. 

Reviewed by Ainhoa Barcelona, Content Managing Editor 

La Bibliotheque restaurant east London© La Bibliotheque

Visit La Bibliothèque – London's new boutique restaurant with rooms

An intimate new restaurant with rooms, La Bibliothèque is bringing a touch of luxury to the East London scene. The Haggerston venue, launched by the MAP Maison team, boasts one of the most inventive menus I've tried in a while. From the moment I stepped through the dimly-lit, security-manned door, I could tell La Bibliothèque wasn't your average venue. The newly-opened eatery is also a boutique hotel with three luxury rooms and features a snug Members Whisky Library as well as an outdoor terrace which is currently under construction. Aside from its multi-hyphenate function and sumptuous interiors, its selling point is a creative fine dining menu with Mediterranean and Japanese influences.

Delving headfirst into the beautifully presented cocktail menu to whet my appetite, I tried the 'Memories' concoction. It was comprised of Japanese gin and sparkling sake with yuzu sorbet floating in the glass, which was a surprising treat for the palette as the ice melted into the drink. You have to order the Milk Bread, designed by Sous Chef James O'Malley. Every table around me was also feasting on the mouthwatering brioche-style bun, accompanied by the most delightful butters featuring whipped brown miso, toasted sesame, and crispy shallot flavours.

Onto the starters; the scallop with prosciutto, apple and wasabi was my personal highlight and melt-in-your-mouth delicious with a spicy kick. The duck breast followed, served three ways and with a rich, flavoursome plum sauce served with kabu and shiso. The staff all recommended the chestnut with pear and Madeira ice cream dessert and they weren't wrong – the autumnal flavours were the perfect way to round off the meal. Don't miss out – book now by emailing

Reviewed by Kate Thomas, Lifestyle Managing Editor

Hithe + Seek

Dine out with sparkling views of the city lights at Hithe + Seek

If you work in The City and you're looking for a new post-office dinner and drinks spot, head to Hithe + Seek. Overlooking the River Thames, the five-star Westin Hotel's restaurant and wine bar is both unassuming and seriously luxe. With it's cosy art-deco style interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows with unparalleled views of the cityscape, you'll have the most beautiful backdrop as the sun goes down. 

On offer is a collection of over 80 premium wines, all designed to be paired with delicious small plates. Hithe refers to the 'old world', with options from locations like France, Germany and Spain, while Seek is all about 'new world' wine producers. Think New Zealand, Lebanon and Slovenia. Prefer a cocktail? There's also an extensive menu of playful twists on the classics.

Certainly not an afterthought, the food is incredible. We enjoyed Braised Mangalitza Pork Belly Bao Buns, Lobster Roll with Tarragon, Pickles & Tout Roe, and Tuna Tartare Tacos with Avocado Purée, Chives & Finger Lime - to name just a few. You'll struggle to not order at least one of everything on the menu.

Reviewed by Hollie Brotherton, Lifestyle & Commerce Senior Writer


Enjoy an Asian feast at Sticks'n'Sushi

If I had to only live on one cuisine, it would definitely be Japanese. So when I was offered the chance to review the Sticks'n'Sushi branch in Victoria, I didn't think twice. But what's so fantastic about the upmarket chain, which was created by Danish-Japanese brothers, is that Sticks'n'Sushi is more than just your regular sushi, sashimi, maki, and tempura.

I've been to Sticks'n'Sushi once before and my main takeaway was that the food was sublime, if not a little pricey. This time around, my friend and I opted to share one of the set menus, and I would definitely recommend doing this to get the most bang for your buck. Plus, the a la carte menu is a little overwhelming with almost too much choice. You could spend hours just deliberating.

All the set menus looked divine, but we ended up going for the Carpe Diem. First of all, it was a lot of food for the two of us, so much so that we had to forego dessert, although they looked equally delicious. Beautiful platter after beautiful platter came out. There was so much variety there was no chance of us getting bored. The highlights for us were the silky salmon carpaccio, the moreish crab croquettes, and the tempura shrimp and avocado sushi rolls. As for the 'sticks' part of the set menu, the scallops and bacon sticks were by far the best.    

Reviewed by Ainhoa Barcelona, Content Managing Editor

Christmas tree in restaurant

Attend the eternal Christmas ball at German Gymnasium

Standing with pride in the beating heart of King's Cross is German Gymnasium - A multi storied treasure trove of tradition and opulence, boasting one of London's largest Christmas trees and dazzling lights to boot. 

The grade II listed building always makes the perfect location for a jaw dropping cocktail setting, but the Christmas angels’ wand waving has taken the interior to the next level.

Get transported into a traditional European setting, each table boasting a view of the gorgeous Grand Café - The huge hall with warm lighting and its smooth wooden interior still gives cosy vibes for a cocktail or dinner. From my balcony table, my Instagram blew up into a firework display of Christmas cool.

Reviewed by Elliot Newlands, Creative Video Lead

Best luxury things to do in London in November

From Champagne tasting to cabaret shows, lean into luxury this month with a glittering schedule of art exhibitions, autumn pop ups, Pilates classes and more.

Stretch and Sushi with Pilates by Marsha

Stretch & Sushi at London's most glamorous hotel

Forget wine and dine, it's all about Stretch and Sushi this November. A treat for Pilates enthusiasts, London's Nobu Hotel has a lavish new offering combining wholesome Pilates with a ritzy dining experience in their stunning Portman Square restaurant.

As a fan of both Pilates and Japanese cuisine, I jumped at the opportunity to spend my afternoon indulging in both. The class, led by Nobu Pilates Founder, Marsha Lindsay, provided a next level ab and glute burn as we were guided through a series of exercises on the Reformer carriage. The studio is a total zen den too, with immaculate equipment and natural light providing a calming workout space.

Available Monday to Saturday lunchtimes and afternoons, choose from one of the three signature Nobu Pilates classes; Power, Precision and Pure, followed by a delicious Bento Box and non-alcoholic cocktail in the London hotspot Nobu London Portman Square restaurant. Prices from £90pp. 

Reviewed by Georgia Brown, Lifestyle Writer

Lio London cabaret show

Dance the night away at Lío London

If you're looking for an amazing night in London, this is where you have to go. Having recently arrived in the capital, Lío is a global phenomenon that delivers high octane cabaret for the 21st Century. 

You'll want to get dressed up (I wore a very sparkly sequin dress for the occasion!) and revel in the entertainment and the delicious food. The fully immersive experience combines a Mediterranean inspired menu with extraordinary acts and world class performers from dance, theatre, erotica, and acrobatics to create the pinnacle of theatrical dining. Trust me: some of the acts will have your jaw on the floor!

The season’s world class troupe of performers will have your heart racing, and be sure to get out of your seat to dance. After dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, the main room transforms into a club for diners to continue the party. By far one of my favourite London nights out.

Reviewed by Leanne Bayley, Director of Lifestyle & Commerce

Best activities to do in London in November

Whatever your budget, there's always something fun, fascinating and five-star to do in London.

Get transported to 1950's Manhattan at the Bridge© Manuel Harlan

Get transported to 1950's Manhattan at the Bridge

With its breathtaking views out over Tower Bridge, and the beautifully designed  interior, the bar at the Bridge might have justified grounds to declare themselves as the best theatre bar in London. 

But that’s not the reason I was there. Once my friends and I had taken our fill of the view and finished our drinks, we descended the sweeping staircase into the theatre itself and found we’d landed directly in the bustle of New York. The theatre has been transformed into the streets of 1950’s Manhattan, complete with neon signs glowing overhead, the honking of car horns, and pretzel vendors milling with the audience. This is Guys & Dolls, but as you’ve never seen it before.

We passed through the rows of seats and headed straight down into the action. For those who think even the front row isn’t close enough, the seats have been taken out of the stalls, leaving an immersive space for audience members to stand right up close. Costumed cops prowl around and keep us in line as the stage rises and falls right in front of our eyes.

In my opinion, this classic Broadway tale of crapshooters, missionaries and showgirls has never looked (or sounded) so good. A fantastic night out for both die hard fans of the musical, and those after something a little bit different.

Reviewed by Natasha Rosenbaum, Client Director

Elizabeth Scarlett pop up

Visit the festive Elizabeth Scarlett pop up

Elizabeth Scarlett have opened an exclusive pop-up in Fortnum and Mason, running throughout November and December. Guests can browse and purchase their bestselling range of embroidered pouches and presents, perfect for the gifting season. On select days (18 Nov, 2 December, 9 December) guests will also be able to add personalisation to their pouches for an additional £15.

Elizabeth Scarlett and Fortnum & Mason have also partnered to release two exclusive hampers, and two exclusive pouch designs with Fortnum & Mason’s iconic turquoise adorning Elizabeth Scarlett’s bestselling styles. 

Curator & Maker Pop Up

Visit the Curator&Maker pop up

If you fancy doing something a little different at the weekend, you need to head to the Curator&Maker pop-up in Holland Park. I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with unique, handmade gifts and the company’s founders, Georgie & Tara Rowse, offer beautiful, unique work from a range of British designers and makers that make wonderful gifts. 

Their limited-edition products, which are perfect for the Yule Tide season, will be available for purchase exclusively at the pop up event.

I’ve had a sneak peek, and it’s not to be missed. You NEED to see the collections of hand blown baubles, exquisite Christmas decorations, hand-crafted candlesticks, and my personal favourite; traditional Christmas jumpers! So cute. 

The price point suits all budgets; gifts start from £20 - £500. 

Find the pop up at Myriad Antiques, 131 Portland Rd London W11 4LW from 22 November – 2 December, from 11am- 6pm.

Written by Laura Sutcliffe, Fashoin & Beauty Editor

Lucky Voice at Christmas

Get in the festive spirit at Lucky Voice Soho

Karaoke is a bit like marmite, you either love it or you hate it. But when you get a gang together who are all absolutely shameless with singing their tunes, it can be an absolute tip top night - and that is how I would describe the night I had with my friends at Lucky Voice to enjoy some Christmassy tunes to get into the spirit as the nights got darker. 

As an 'activity' kind of night in London, with their wide range of tunes and excellent service of continuous Prosecco, you couldn’t do much better! Book your time slot here.

Reviewed by Emmy Griffiths, Digital TV and Film Editor

Joseph Fiennes in Dear England

Cheer on Joseph Fiennes in Dear England

Having recently transferred to the West End, Joseph Fiennes utterly nails it as Gareth Southgate in the story of how the unassuming England manager turned into a national treasure by taking a group of young players, restarting England’s team from the ground up and turning them into heroes. 

I was beaming with nostalgia (and hiding my face in my hands) over the joy and devastation of the World Cup and Euro tournaments that it recaptured. It’s not all patriotism though, as it also gives a stark reminder of some of the horrors the players faced, including social media abuse and racism, while shedding light on the intense pressure felt when the hopes of millions are resting on your shoulders. I couldn’t recommend it more. Book tickets here. 

Reviewed by Emmy Griffiths, TV and Film Editor

The Time Traveller's Wife poster

Watch a love story through time in the Time Traveller’s Wife musical

I have been a little obsessed with the bestselling Audrey Niffenegger's novel ever since I first read it, and so I was completely buzzing to watch this new musical about the unconventional love story of Clare and Henry. 

With stunning performances from the leads (I was particularly obsessed and envious of the incredible talent that is Joanna Woodward), I have to admit that the visual effects are just as much a star of the show as the wonderful cast. I couldn't help but catch myself being amazed by Henry’s very well-done vanishing acts as he travels through time - stage magic! 

Journeyman was a particularly excellent number that may or may not be showing up on my Spotify Unwrapped playlist. Book tickets here. 

Reviewed by Emmy Griffiths, TV and Film Editor

Cook up a feast with a Michelin-starred chef

Cook up a feast with a Michelin-starred chef

Step out of the cold and straight into Spain with Michelin-starred chef Dani García’s paella masterclass. Set in BiBo’s iconic courtyard, this cook-a-long on November 17 is a great place to sharpen those kitchen skills while sampling dishes from BiBo’s classic tapas menu.

Priced at £100 per person, the culinary lesson will include dishes from BiBo’s classic tapas menu, as well as two glasses of wine alongside your choice of Iberico Ribs or Vegetarian Paella. 

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